Top News Headlines of 31 December 2014


Major Events and Top News Headlines of 31 December 2014:

  • M Sathiyavathy, additional secretary and financial adviser in the civil aviation ministry, will be India’s first wom an director general of civil aviation.
  • The Centre on Wednesday appointed an “outsider” Shailesh Nayak, a marine geologist and secretary in the ministry of earth sciences as Isro’s interim chairman.
  • The Haryana government has decided to usher in the New Year with one of the biggest pushes for solar power in the country.
  • The Centre on Wednesday blocked 32 websites, including and daily, to curb ISIS propaganda, prompting online protests.
  • The Union government plans to introduce a health cess to develop primary or basic healthcare infrastructure across the country.
  • Four Pakistan Rangers personnel were killed in a BSF counterattack following the death of one of its jawans in firing from across the border in J&K’s Samba on Wednesday .
  • The Narendra Modi’s government is viewed by a majority of people in eight biggest cities to have done a good job so far and is expected to continue to do well.
  • Former Congress MLA from Shakur Basti S C Vats, who was earlier head of the Public Accounts Committee, joined BJP on Wednesday.
  • The draft National Health Policy 2015 has proposed a target of raising public health expenditure to 2.5 % from the present 1.2% of GDP.
  • The Indian History Congress (IHC) has cited Narendra Modi’s suggestion that Indians mastered plastic surgery in the hoary past to highlight concerns about the revision of textbooks.
  • All green (environment friendly) buildings -identified on the basis of use of water energy conservation methods, across the country will get special logo in the new year.
  • India will observe `Water Week’ during January 13-17, 2015 when every district of the country will launch a major central governmentbacked initiative ­ called Hamara Jal­Hamara Jeewan to make people aware of need for water conservation.
  • Kudankulam nuclear power went commercial from Wednesday with Nuclear Power Corporation Ltd selling to consumer states at a rate of Rs 4.29 per unit.
  • Passing minimum frontal and side crash tests will be mandatory for all new cars from October 2017 while for new vehicles of existing models the deadline will be October 2019.
  • Artemisinin-naphthoquine drug-combo should be considered for the treatment of children with uncomplicated malaria in settings where multiple parasite species cause malaria.
  • South Korean activist will launch balloons carrying DVDs of Sony’s ‘The Interview’ towards North Korea to try to break down a personality cult built around dictator Kim Jongun.
  • A 24 year-old Chinese woman with stakes worth $1.3 billion in a real estate firm, has become the world’s youngest billionaire, replacing Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz.
  • Telecom regulator Trai on Wednesday announced a reserve price of Rs 2,720 crore per megahertz (MHz) of 3G airwaves for the upcoming spectrum auctions in February.
  • Data released by the government showed the deficit at Rs 5.25 lakh crore at November-end against full-year (till March) target of Rs 5.31 lakh crore.
  • Vijay Dahiya has been reinstated as the chief coach of the Delhi Ranji Trophy side while former Test batsman Yashpal Sharma will head the selection panel, in a list released by the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA).
  • Newly-appointed India Test skipper Virat Kohli has jumped four places to 15th spot in the latest ICC Player Rankings after his good performance in the drawn third cricket Test at Melbourne.
  • JP Duminy has been named in the South African Twenty20 squad for the three-match home series against West Indies next month
  • South Africa have called up uncapped off-spinner Simon Harmer for the third and final Test against the West Indies starting at Newlands on Friday.
  • India now has nine AFC professional coaching diploma coaches in its ranks successfully completed All India Football Federation’s first-ever AFC Pro Diploma Cours.
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Top News Headlines of 31 December 2014
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